Reorganization of OP staff structures expected in due course

JUBA, 23 November 2011 – The newly-appointed Chief Administrator in the Office of the President Molana Mayen Wol Jong today announced that reorganization of the staff structures at the Office of the President to suit the demands of the office will be done in due course.


Molana Jong made these remarks when addressing a special ceremony organized by the staff in the Office of the President today on Wednesday 23rd November 2011 for the reception of the new Chief Administrator and bid farewell to the former Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President. He urged the staff in the Office of the President to act responsibly and deliver services to the President’s office in as a team.


He also expressed his sincere gratitude to the President of the Republic for showing confidence in him through the new assignment. He said he is ready to welcome complaints and proposals for solutions to problems facing the staff.

 


Molana Jong (centre) addressing OP staff.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Molana Jong also appreciated the former Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President Mr. Martinson Oturomoi for his great efforts in establishing the new offices for the staff and wished him a good luck in his new assignment as the Deputy Chairperson of the Law Review Commission.


On his part Mr Oturomoi urged all the staff in the President’s office to cooperate with the new Chief Administrator. Mr Oturomoi also thanked the President for giving him the new assignment.


The staff of the Office of the President expressed their readiness to cooperate with the new Chief Administrator and support the Office of the President in building the new nation of South Sudan.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


“Be vigilant to defend RSS territories”, President Kiir directs police

JUBA, 22 November 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit has today directed the police and other security agencies to be vigilant and protect the territories of the Republic of South Sudan, especially from any aggression from the Republic of Sudan.


“The Republic of South Sudan will not go back to war with Khartoum; we are for peace and development but those who beat drums of war in Khartoum know that South Sudan is ready to defend its territories from any aggression”, he said.

 


President Kiir addressing the police officers.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


He also directed the police officers to create a good and strong relationship with the citizens to facilitate collaboration with the police in their duties. He urged them to be united for one goal and discard tribal conflicts which serve the enemies of peace. President Kiir strongly directed the police officers to respect UNMISS activities in South Sudan and cooperate with regulations and laws of the UNMISS helicopters, because UNMISS is supporting the new nation by providing security in many places.


The President made these directives when addressing more than 379 police officers from the rank of Maj. Gen. to the rank of Lieutenant, and customs duty officers demobilized by the Khartoum government and re-commissioned to the Republic of South Sudan Police Services by the Presidential Decrees No. 8/2011 and No. 54/2011 during their swearing in ceremony organized by the Ministry of Interior at the Police General Headquarters in Buluk, Juba.

 


Police officers taking oath of service.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


He also congratulated the re-commissioned police and customs officers for the new assignment given to them. He urged the officers to be ready to face the challenges of building a strong new nation. President Kiir directed the officers to double their efforts in implementing the law fully on the ground, protect the constitution and territories of the new nation and respect the principles of the human rights when arresting any national or foreign suspects.


On his part the minister for Interior Hon. Alison Manani Magaya urged the police to focus more on how to serve the new country in a professional manner. Hon. Magaya said the transformation of the police has many challenges but the ministry is facing them through designed policy of recruitment, training, assignment and two years transfer from place to another. Hon. Magaya added that transparency and accountability will be strongly taken in consideration by the ministry.

 


Hon Magaya addressing the police officers.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The occasion was also attended by the Deputy Speaker of National Legislative Assembly Hon. Daniel Awet Akot, a number of ministers, government officials, police and SPLA senior officers.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Parliament receives bill on house committees

JUBA, 22 November 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly today received a Bill from the Committee drafting the Conduct of Business Regulations (2011) proposing eighteen specialized house committees.

 

The Bill was a result of the deliberations of the sitting number 21/2011 dated 17 October 2011 in which the Speaker referred the Conduct of Business Regulations Bill (2011) to the select committee to incorporate the observations of the members.

 

The committee, chaired by Hon Kom Kom, proposed the following specialized house committees:

 

  1. Committee for Defense, security and Public Order
  2. Committee for Economy, Development and
  3. Committee for Public Services and Labour
  4. Committee for Legislation and Justice
  5. Committee for Members Affairs
  6. Committee for Information, Telecommunication and Culture
  7. Committee for Public Accounts
  8. Committee for Human Rights and Humanitarians Affairs
  9. Committee for Foreign Affairs
  10. Committee for Energy, Mining, Commerce and Industry
  11. Committee for Land, Agriculture, natural resources and Environment
  12. Committee for Gender, Child, Social Welfare, Religious Affairs, Youth and Sports
  13. Committee for Heath
  14. Committee for Education, Research, Science and Technology
  15. Committee for Physical Infrastructure
  16. Committee for Peace and Reconciliation
  17. Committee for Constituency Funds
  18. Committee for Water Resources and Irrigation

 


Hon Wani Igga (right) following the deliberations in parliament today.
[Photo: Mr. Emanuel Subek]

 

Hon David Okera proposed that the term of the chairpersons and deputy chairpersons of the committees should not be limited. This was opposed by Hon Justin Joseph Marona who proposed that the term for chairpersons and deputy chairpersons be limited to two years. When the matter was put to vote, 134 members supported the two-year term limit while 20 members supported no term limits as 28 members abstained.

 

In the same sitting, the August House received the report of the Committee on Economy, Development and Finance on the Public Financial Management and Accountability (2011) Bill in its third reading. The report on the bill was presented by Hon Henry Omai who is the deputy chairperson of the committee. The committee had incorporated several changes emanating from the recommendations and observations of the members of the August House during the bill’s second reading. After deliberations, the bill was passed to its fourth reading. Given that there were no objections, the Speaker asked the Clerk of the Assembly to read the title of the Bill indicating that it is passed in its final reading.

 

Today’s sitting was chaired by the Speaker, Right Hon. Gen. James Wani Igga. The quorum was 182.

 

Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


Chinese deputy minister to visit Juba

JUBA, 22 November 2011 – The Chinese deputy minister for Commerce Mr Jiang Yaoping will today pay a one-day official visit to Juba, South Sudan. The delegation will arrive at the Juba International Airport at ten in the morning and leave at five in the evening.


The delegation is expected to hold a brief press conference at the VIP lounge before leaving the airport for the Chinese embassy where it will hold bilateral talks with Hon. Elisa Nyamlel Wako, the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation and officials from the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment, Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, and the Bank of South Sudan.


Thereafter Mr Yaoping will sign the summary of the visit by the Governmental Economic and Trade Delegation of China to the Republic of South Sudan and an agreement on Economic, Trade and Technical Cooperation between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of South Sudan and signing the change of text on the four projects sponsored by the Chinese government.


Mr Yaoping is also expected to officially handover anti-malarial drugs as well as attend a welcoming banquet hosted by the Chinese ambassador at the Chinese Embassy in Juba. He will also visit the Prefab House School, which is aided by the Chinese government, Computer Laboratory at the Juba University and the Vocational Training Centre in Juba.


Japan grants $2.2 million to South Sudan

JUBA, 22 November 2011 (NASS) – The Japanese government has granted the Republic of South Sudan 2.2 million US dollars, H.E Akinori Wada the Japanese ambassador has disclosed.


He explained that the grant is meant for food assistance to the Republic of South Sudan. He added that by the 5th of the next month, Japan will sign an agreement with South Sudan to assist in water supply in the capital Juba.

 


The Japanese ambassador explaining a point to Dr Marial.


In a related development, the President of Japanese International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Atsushi Hanatani has invited the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin to represent the Republic of South Sudan in a peace building conference in Tokyo, Japan.


Dr Marial appreciated the support offered by the Japanese government noting that this will strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries.


Reported by Martin Jada and Taghrid George, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


President Kiir meets White House delegation

JUBA, 21 November 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today in his office met a high-level delegation from the White House led by the United States of America Deputy National Security Advisor Mr. Denis McDonough.

 


President Kiir meeting te US delegation.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Among the delegation were the USA President’s Special Assistants and senior Advisor on Africa Mr. Grand Harris, USA special Envoy to South Sudan Mr. Lyman Princeton and Mr. Chris Datta who is the USA Charge De’ Affairs in South Sudan among others.


Shortly after the meeting Mr. Datta told the press that the meeting discussed the ongoing general situation in South Sudan and described the meeting as constructive. Mr. Datta reiterated the commitment of the United States of American to support the young government of the Republic of South Sudan in facing any challenge ahead.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


President Kiir directs increment of SSPS salaries

JUBA, 21 November 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has directed for the increment of the salaries of the police, prisons and fire brigades officers. This was announced by the minister for Interior Hon Alison Manani Magaya, shortly after meeting the President today Monday November 21st, 2011. Hon Magaya described the President’s direction as important and a big motivation to the police services.

 


President Kiir meets Hon Magaya.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Hon Magaya briefed the President on his ministry’s five-year action plan for transforming the police, the prisons, and the fire brigade officers into professional organized forces. He said the action plan was passed by the Council of Ministers last week. Hon Magaya explained that the plan came in the framework of implementing the national government policy of transforming all the organized forces into professional forces capable of providing good security services to the people of the new state of South Sudan.


Hon Magaya also disclosed that more than 900 police officers demobilized by the Khartoum Government and customs officers trained in Rajaf will take oath tomorrow on Tuesday 22nd November, 2011 before the President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit. He added that other officers of Customs, Prisons and Fire Brigade will be re-commissioned soon.

 


Hon Magaya addressing the media after meeting President Kiir.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The minister also announced that Rajaf Police training Center on Thursday 24th, November, 2011 will witness the graduation of more than 1000 police recruits, selected from the ten state who have undergone a high quality training in policing services.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Greater Bahr el Ghazal youth convention scheduled for Aweil

JUBA, 21 November 2011 (NASS) – The state capital of Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Aweil, will host the youth conference organized by a group of youth from the Greater Bahr el Ghazal region. This conference, according to the organizers, will take four days and will commence on the 24th and end on the 27th of November 2011.


The chairperson of the initiative Mr. Majok Arthor Makuen stated in a press conference held over the weekend at Home and Away Business Centre in Juba that the purpose of the gathering will be to address issues related to health, education and to look at how the youth can contribute positively in the challenges of nation building.


Mr. Arthor further explained that the conference will also discuss the challenges facing the youth in South Sudan in general and Greater Bahr el Ghazal in particular. Top on the agenda is also how the youth can embrace unity that is geared towards development the new nation. Unemployment will also be discussed.


The conference, according to the organizers, will also be attended by senior state government officers as well as government representatives from the central government. Local chiefs are also expected to be present.


In another development the Episcopal Church of the Sudan organized a fundraising occasion at Juba Diocese in Mobil recently to help orphans in the Bartholomew’s Centre in Kajo Keji County, Central Equatoria State.


During the occasion, the faithful extended assistance in form of cash and other materials. Speaking at the occasion, the Commissioner of Kajo Keji Mr. Muki Batali commented the role played by the manager of the centre in taking care of the fatherless and the motherless. He called on the government to consider assisting orphans and as well as setting aside a day to be commemorated as a national day for orphans in South Sudan.


On her part the manager of the centre Ms Susan Tabia applauded the support extended by the goodwill of the people of God for the noble cause of the orphans. She called on the state and the central government as well as the international organizations working in the Republic of South Sudan to assist and stand behind the orphans and the other disadvantaged groups so that they too can have a future.

 

Reported by Francis Oliver, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


General education, higher education and diplomatic consular services bills tabled

JUBA, 21 November 2011 – The South Sudan National Legislative Assembly today in its sitting no. 29/2011 held at the SSNLA Main Hall received the General Education Bill (2011), Higher Education Bill (2011) and the Diplomatic and Consular Services Bill (2011) which were tabled by the minister for Justice Hon John Luk Jok.

 

The minister explained the rationale of the bills and the constitutional provisions upon which they are anchored. He stated that the Transitional Constitution of South Sudan gives the National Assembly the power to enact laws on matters relating to general education, higher education as well foreign affairs and international representation. The bills were formally received by the Clerk of the Assembly who read out their respective titles.

 

During the same sitting Hon George Andrea Jama from Western Bahr el Ghazal state (SPLM) enquired why the entire cabinet of the Republic of South Sudan is in Mombasa, Kenya. In response, the minister for Parliamentary Affairs explained that the cabinet is in Kenya as part of an official exchange programme with their Kenyan counterparts. The minister also clarified that the members of the cabinet are not on holiday in the Kenyan coastal city as alleged by Hon Jama. He reported that the cabinet is being led by the Vice President Hon Dr Riek Machar Teny in the trip. He also explained that the Kenyan cabinet will also visit South Sudan in due course as part of the programme.

 

The sitting was attended by 218 members and chaired by Right Hon Daniel Awet Akot, the Acting Speaker.

 

Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


President Kiir holds talks with H.E Zenawi in Addis Ababa

JUBA, 20 November 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday paid a six-hour official visit to Addis Ababa the capital of Ethiopia and returned to Juba in the evening.


During his visit in Addis Ababa, President Kiir and the accompanying delegation met the Ethiopian Prime Minister H.E Meles Zenawi at the State House and updated him on the continuous aggression being practised by the Khartoum Government against the sovereignty of the Republic of South Sudan. President Kiir also briefed the Ethiopian authorities on the status of the outstanding issues of the CPA between Khartoum and Juba.

 


President Kiir (left) holding talks with H.E Zenawi (right).
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Shortly after the arrival of the President at the Juba International Airport, Ababa Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla, the minister in the Office of the President who accompanied the President to Addis, briefed the press that the meeting mainly focused on the Abyei issue and the role of the Ethiopian troops working there under the UN umbrella.


Hon LoWilla said that during the meeting, President Kiir stressed the importance of finding an immediate solution to the Abyei crisis because the dry season is approaching during which the Misseriya pastoralists will start moving from north to the area and may cause serious frictions in the area.

 


President Kiir inspecting a guard of honour mounted by the Ethiopian military.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Hon LoWilla disclosed also reported that President Kiir also reassured the Ethiopian leadership of the commitment of the Republic of South Sudan to the search for a peaceful solution to all the remaining issues between Khartoum and Juba. He added that the meeting also explored the means of strengthening bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest between the two countries.


The President was accompanied in his visit to Addis Ababa by a number of ministers and some officials of the Government of the Republic of South Sudan.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Ministry of Gender hands over land for HQ construction

JUBA, 20 November 2011 (NASS) – The Ministry of Gender, Child and Social Welfare last week handed over the land to be used for the construction of its headquarters to the contractors.

 


Ms Eluzia (fourth right) and Mr Deng (centre) pose for a photo with the contractors and other officials at the site of the new headquarters.


The construction of the new headquarters which will be located on Yei road will begin immediately. The land was handed over to the contractors by the Undersecretary Ms Ester Ikere Eluzia and the Director General, Finance and Administration Mr Santino Majak Deng. The land was received by the site agent Mr George Nyamao who represented Mellech Engineering Construction Ltd which is the contractor.


Reported by Simon Matiop Akol, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


UNICEF and religious leaders highlight child rights

JUBA, 20 November 2011 – UNICEF and religious leaders drawn from across South Sudan have called for special attention to ensure the protection of children against all forms of violence.


Today is the International Day for prayer and action for children and also the 22nd Anniversary of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child which is being commemorated for the first time in the Republic of South Sudan which gained independence on July 9, 2011.


The CRC which was adopted 22 years ago on 20th November, sets out rights that children enjoy as human beings and also identifies special rights and protections they require during this vulnerable phase of their lives.


World Day of Prayer and Action for Children is a movement that harnesses the powerful role religious communities can play in keeping children safer by promoting affirmative measures such as birth registration and positive parenting, and discouraging potentially harmful actions such as child marriage.


In South Sudan, children are vulnerable to different forms of both physical and psychological violence such as abductions, child labour, neglect, recruitment by armed groups, child marriage and sexual abuse, among others.


During the prayer services which started on Friday, UNICEF is working with the Supreme Council of Imams of South Sudan and the Sudan Council of churches to urge the government, community leaders and all citizens to protect children and work towards the realization of child rights.


While some progress has been made since the signing of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement in 2005, the Republic of South Sudan now has a unique opportunity to make a better start for the children of South Sudan who are the future of the country. According to the 2008 census, over 50% of the population in South Sudan is children.


In 2008, South Sudan enacted the Child Act which is based on the principles of the CRC and sets out clear responsibilities for the protection of children. If the provisions of the Child Act are effectively implemented by the law enforcement organs, communities and all other relevant authorities, violence against children can be prevented.


While progress is being made, more needs to be done to ensure that children are protected from all forms of violence and that their needs are met. The provision of a conducive environment in which they can grow and develop to their full potential is also pivotal.


Reported by Swangin Bismarck, UNICEF South Sudan


Museveni asks Bashir to stop aggression on South Sudan

JUBA, 19 November 2011 – Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has called on President Omer El-Bashir to stop his aggressions against the Republic of South Sudan forthwith. President Museveni made this call yesterday during a joint press conference he held with President Salva Kiir Mayardit at the Entebbe State House at the close of the latter’s two-day official visit to Uganda.

 


Presidents Kiir (left) and Museveni (right) addressing a joint press conference in Entebbe.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


During the visit President Kiir held bilateral discussions with President Museveni on issues of mutual interest and agreed to have a joint communiqué. The communiqué was signed yesterday at the State House in Entebbe. The deputy minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon Grace Datiro signed on behalf of South Sudan while Hon Oryem Okello, the Ugandan minister for Foreign Affairs signed for his country.


The two heads of states agreed in the communiqué to:

 

  1. Work together to promote regional peace and security in the region;
  2. Review the existing cooperation and fully implement previous decisions to ensure maximum benefits for the citizens of the two countries;
  3. Strengthen the bilateral cooperation in the area of capacity building to enhance service delivery to the citizens of the two countries;
  4. Work together to strengthen trade activities between the two countries;
  5. Set up joint relevant ministerial committees by January 2012 to deal with border disputes and border crimes between the two countries; and
  6. Explore the possibility of a joint mobilization of resources for the implementation of the joint programs for the mutual benefit.



Hons Datiro (left) and Okello Oryem (right) signing the communiqué.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

After the signing ceremony of the joint communiqué the two presidents held a joint press conference at the State House in Entebbe in which they reiterated their agreement to work together in implementing the communiqué. President Museveni also stated that Uganda will continue to provide support to the new state of South Sudan.


President Kiir concluded his three-day official visits to Kenya and Uganda and returned to Juba yesterday afternoon.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Promise and hope as the Governors’ Forum closes in Juba

JUBA, 19 November 2011 – The First Governors’ Forum to be held in the Republic of South Sudan ended yesterday with promises and hope for better service delivery to the people.


The discussions at the Governors’ Forum, which took place from 14 -18 November 2011, were under the theme: “Strengthening decentralization governance for equitable service delivery and sustainable development in the Republic of South Sudan”.


The forum was attended by the governors, speakers of state assemblies, state ministers, national government ministers, chairpersons/deputies of specialized committees of the South Sudan Legislative Assembly as well as the Council of States. The forum discussed issues pertaining to the states’ performance reporters, public service reforms, good governance, security, service delivery, food security, infrastructural development, economy and finance, sustainable use of natural resources, and the management of the environment.


The forum resolved to adopt the following recommendation and resolutions:

 

  1. Poor road network hampering security efforts - the Ministry of Roads to lead in the construction and maintenance of security roads especially the one leading to the northern Sudan;
  2. Cross border incursions in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Unity, Warrap and Western Equatoria states;
  3. Insecurity in all states of South Sudan caused by either inter-tribal violence, cattle rustling or child abduction;
  4. High crime rates related to small arms in the communities;
  5. Overlapping functions of law enforcement agencies resulting in poor coordination and harassment;
  6. Road mines in the ten states;
  7. Security of government documents;
  8. Rising cases of money laundering and counterfeiting;
  9. Creation of the Ministry of Local Government;
  10. Poor road connection between Juba and the state capitals;
  11. Inadequate understanding of the Security Council’s mandate;
  12. Creation of more counties in the states;
  13. Weak human resource capacity in the states and counties;
  14. Weak monitoring of the resolutions and recommendations of the Governors’ Forum;
  15. Inadequate media coverage of activities in the states;
  16. Raising educational standards; and
  17. The poor supervision of nationally implemented projects.


In the closing remarks the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Hon Dr. Riek Mahar Teny thanked the participants at the forum, particularly the governors for their time and commitment in leading their states service delivery. He also appreciated the role of the UN, especially the UNDP, in supporting the Government of South Sudan. He also stressed the challenges facing the states. He said the intergovernmental linkages can be instrumental in increasing more funds to the states.


The Acting Speaker of the South Sudan Legislative Assembly Hon. Daniel Awet Akot thanked the governors, speakers of the state assemblies and the other stakeholders who participated in the Governors’ Forum. He also advised the governors to reduce the proportion of salary expenditure which is estimated to be 80% of the state budgets. He indicated that decentralization is not a top-bottom approach.


The final recommendations and resolutions will be produced and signed by Hon. Nyangdeng Malek Delic, the Governor of Warrap State; Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla, the minister in the Office of the President; and Hon Dr. Riek Machar Teny, the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


“Billions of dollars offered for peace”, Mr Amum

JUBA, 19 November 2011 – In the interest of peace between the Republic of South Sudan and Republic of Sudan, the Government of the Republic of South Sudan has offered billions of United States Dollars to the Government of the Republic of Sudan to resolve all the outstanding post-independence issues that include, but not limited to, the status of Abyei, oil, the international borders between the two countries, and security.


This offer was announced yesterday by Mr Pagan Amum, the Secretary General of the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) after a meeting with the governors from the ten states of South Sudan. He told journalists at the SPLM Southern Sector offices that his party and the government of the Republic of South Sudan has presented to the African Union-High Implementation Panel (AU-HIP), the body mediating between the two countries on the outstanding issues, a package which he said was reasonable and proportionate to assist the government in the Republic of Sudan and create a conducive environment to resolve the outstanding issues.


Mr Amum said that despite the people of South Sudan having been marginalized, impoverished and denied development by the successive governments in Khartoum, the government of South Sudan in the interest of peace and cooperation between South and North Sudan has decided to offer this assistance to Khartoum. He said if it was not for the sake of peace, these monies would be used for building schools, hospitals and roads to provide clean water that the people of South Sudan do not have.


He announced that the delegation negotiating on the side of the SPLM was scheduled to travel to Addis Ababa where the next round of talks was expected to commence but he said his party was informed by the AU-HIP that Khartoum has decided to pull out and instead requested the panel to meet in Khartoum. He added that the AU-HIP will come to Juba from Khartoum on Sunday after their meeting with the panel representing National Congress Party. He asserted that they are ready to head to Addis Ababa but clarified that this would depend on the NCP.

 


Mr Amum addressing the media.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


The SPLM Secretary General said the government of the Republic of South Sudan is ready and prepared to go back to the negotiation table to address these issues because it is interested in peace for the two countries in the spirit of good neighbourliness. Nonetheless, Mr Amum called on the President Omar el Bashir to desist from threatening the people of the Republic of South Sudan and respect the territorial integrity of the country.


Mr Amum quoted President Bashir as saying that he was ready to destroy the freedom of South Sudan and annex it under his rule again. He said these threats could be plans of invasion and attempt to occupy South Sudan. “The people of South Sudan will protect their freedom; we are not threatening President Bashir but we are asking him to stop threatening us”, said Mr Amum.


Mr Amum further asked Khartoum to desist from bombing the people of South Sudan as well as supporting and arming militia that are causing untold suffering among there people of South Sudan. He cited the recent bombings in Upper Nile State in the counties of Maban and Mayom attacks by militia groups allegedly backed by Khartoum government.


He also said that he had held discussions with the SPLM governors from the ten states to discuss how to reorganize the party to become a party that is no longer a liberation movement but a party that is to deliver services that are geared towards attaining peace and prosperity to its people.


Reported by Matata Safi


South Sudan has applied for membership in the EAC

ENTEBBE, 18 November 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Gen Salva Kiir Mayardit yesterday in Entebbe, Uganda announced that South Sudan has officially applied for the membership of the East African Community (EAC). President Kiir made the announcement during a banquet held in his honour last night at the Entebbe State House by his Ugandan counterpart President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

 


President Museveni receives President Kiir at the State House, Entebbe.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The President said the long struggle of the people of South Sudan for freedom and prosperity has informed the people worldwide that there was a problem in the Sudan. He said the long suffering of the people of South Sudan and the atrocities committed against them has become history and South Sudan is now a free state.


He expressed sincere gratitude on behalf of the people of South Sudan to the Ugandan government for all the support that the country was providing during the struggle. President Kiir appealed to the Ugandans to take the isolated incidents between Ugandans and South Sudanese as individual matters being instigated by the enemies of a peaceful relation between the two neighbouring countries.

 


H.E Kiir ispecting a guard of honour at the State House, Entebbe.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni said the incorrect definition of Sudan’s identity as an Arab country caused tremendous and long suffering for the people of South Sudan leading the people of South Sudan to vote for independence on 9th July, 2011. He also congratulated the SPLA forces, President Kiir and all the people of South Sudan for the great achievement which he described as liberation of South Sudan.


President Museveni appealed to the parties of the CPA to implement all the provisions of the CPA as it was signed in Naivasha, pointing out that the Abyei protocol, border demarcation between South Sudan and Sudan, oil issues and popular consultations for the two areas of Blue Nile and South Kordufan must be implemented.

 


The military parade.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Reported Thomas Kenneth from Entebbe, Uganda


Information administrators to attend courses in China

JUBA, 18 November 2011 (NASS) – Administrators from the national Ministry of Information and Broadcasting will be attending a course in People’s Republic of China this month, Ustaz Atem Yaak the deputy minister has announced.


He made the announcement today while briefing the nominees on the details and requirements of the training courses. He explained that the courses will be focusing mainly on the print media, radio and television and the administrators will be leaving on the 21st of November.

 


Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin (centre) the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Ustaz Atem (left) pose with the administrators going to China.


He further advised the directors to take the course seriously so as to implement them when they are back in the country.


“Some directors when coming from such wonderful training like this do not want to go to the field, just remaining in the offices with the information which is very bad, saying this time they will go to studios,” warned the deputy minister.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


President Kiir meets President Kibaki

ENTEBBE, 18 November 2011 – The President of the Republic and the accompanying delegation which includes the minister in the Office of the President Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla, deputy minister for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Grace Datiro and the SPLA Chief of General Staff Gen James Hoth Mai yesterday met President of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Mwai Kibaki at the State House in Nairobi.

 


H.E Kiir and his counterpart H.E Kibaki
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


In a press statement after the meeting Hon. LoWilla said the meeting discussed several issues regarding bilateral relationship between Kenya and South Sudan, regional peace and stability with concentration on the aggressive activities being practised by the Khartoum government against the sovereignty of the Republic of South Sudan. Hon. LoWilla also said during the meeting President Kiir updated his counterpart H.E Kibaki on the outstanding issues of the CPA and post-referendum arrangements, for Kenya was the host and patron of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement which was signed on January 9th, 2005, adding that South Sudan remains committed to a peaceful dialogue on the remaining issues with the Khartoum government.


Hon. LoWilla disclosed that, the President of the Republic of Kenya H.E. Mwai Kibaki said the Kenyan government will follow, with a great concern, the aggressions being practised by the Khartoum government against the Republic of South Sudan, particularly after the official accreditation of the Kenyan Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan which took place recently in Juba. “President Kibaki was very grateful for being updated on the ongoing issues between Juba and Khartoum”, Hon. LoWilla revealed.

 


H.E Kiir in a joint meeting with H.E Kibaki.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Thereafter, the President of the Republic and his entourage departed Nairobi yesterday afternoon and arrived in Entebbe in the evening. President Kiir was received by his counterpart the President of the Republic of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni in a special military and gun salute ceremony organized at the Republic of Uganda State House in Entebbe. The Ugandan military band welcomed H.E Kiir by singing for the first time the National Anthem of the Republic of South Sudan, and the two heads of state after the welcoming ceremony started a closed door discussions.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Entebbe, Uganda


Fortune magazine ventures into South Sudan

JUBA, 18 November 2011 (NASS) – The Fortune magazine has ventured into South Sudan to help attract investors to the new country.


The staff of the magazine was today introduced to the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin by the former minister for Health Hon Dr Luka Tombekana Monoja. Dr Monoja explained that Fortune magazine is one of the internationally renowned magazines which are read widely in the business world especially in the Western countries.

 


Dr Marial meeting the staff of Fortune.


“As one of our modalities to promote investment and attract business in South Sudan, we thought that our profile and feasibility should be reflected in a magazine like Fortune which is available in the great world market and airlines”, said Hon. Monoja.


He also disclosed that Fortune magazine had accepted to publish South Sudan stories in one third of its magazine which is equivalent to 10 pages. Dr Marial welcomed the idea and promised to cooperate with the team and help Fortune to conduct effective coverage of the country.


Reported Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


President Kiir in Nairobi

NAIROBI, 17 November 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit is in the Kenyan capital Nairobi. The President and the accompanying delegation left Juba yesterday afternoon for an official visit to the Republic of Kenya. H.E Kiir and his entourage arrived in Nairobi at round 5:00pm.


According to the minister in the Office of the President Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla, President Kiir is visiting Nairobi and will proceed to Uganda. The purpose of the trip is to hold consultative meetings with the leaders and authorities of these countries on the issues facing the region.

 


President arrives in Nairobi.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Hon LoWilla further said President Kiir intended to have consultations with leaders of the region for achieving peace and stability in the region particularly between the Republic of South Sudan and the Republics of Sudan, Kenya and Somalia.


President Kiir is expected to meet President of the Republic of Kenya H.E Mwai Kibaki today at the State House in Nairobi.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Nairobi


Government should strengthen media in Upper Nile

JUBA, 17 November 2011 (NASS) – The minister for Information in the Upper Nile State, Peter Lam Both has urged the central government to strengthen communications systems in the state.


The minister made the appeal today during a meeting with the national minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin. He explained that Upper Nile needs a strong communication system because it borders the Republic of Sudan that continues expressing the spirit of enmity to the young nation.

 


Dr Marial meeting the delegation from Upper Nile.


In terms of the general situation there, he said situation is calm and under control of the government though some attacks and bombings by Sudan Armed Forces (SAF) were recently reported in the counties of Maban and Monyu.


Meanwhile, Dr Marial commended the state for responding effectively during the recent attacks by the SAF on the state. He also pledged that the Central Government is working to strengthen the state to effectively communicate with the people to avoid panic because Upper Nile is in the frontline of South Sudan


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


Hon. Kwong urges promotion of decent work environment in the states

JUBA, 17 November 2011 – The deputy minister for Labour Public Service and Human Resource Development Hon. Kwong Danhier Gatluak, has urged the authorities of the ten states to create and maintain decent work environments.

 

The deputy minister made this appeal yesterday at the Juba Bridge Hotel when he officially opened a four-day workshop on promoting decent work agenda for the ten states through social dialogue and active labour market policies.

 

He said the workshop has come at a crucial time when the Republic of South Sudan is only four months old and requires the collective effort of all the people to overcome the overwhelming challenges of reconstructing the nation. He assured the participants that his ministry is working hard to ensure that the laws that protect civil servants and the private sector to facilitate effective service delivery are passed and enforced.

 

He also encouraged the people not to choose jobs. “Most of the South Sudanese did not want to work only looking for white collar job in the government which remains so challenging”, he said. He explained that the construction of vocational training centre across South Sudan is vital in building the capacity of the youth to compete effectively in the job market. He appealed to development partners to support the government institutions to support this initiative.

 


A section of the participants at the workshop.

 

He lauded the role of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) in supporting building the capacities of the state, workers unions as well as trade unions to understand what decent work agenda can help move the nation forward.

 

“It’s a high time for us to discuss and resolve issues of employment in this workshop since we have a number of returnees and people from the Diaspora who have come back home to help in nation building”, said Hon Stephen Lemi, the minister for Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development in Central Equatoria State who spoke on behalf of the other state ministers in the workshop.

 

The participants in the workshop included the ten states ministers, directors general, directors, workers and trade union leaders, among others. Mr. Luca Azzoni of the ILO will facilitate the workshop on various topics including social dialogue, national employment policy and national action plan as well as employment labour market policies.

 

The representative of South Sudan Workers’ Trade Union Federation’s speech during the workshop said the launch of the Decent Work Agenda by the ILO and its wide acceptability provides the world with an opportunity to learn from this model. He also said that taking this lesson forwards is clearly possible in South Sudan where over the last few months after the independence there has been consciousness around common values of gender equality, equity, non racism, discrimination, democracy, good governance, environmental sustainability and peace.

 

However, he added that “if our leaders actually translate this consciousness into commitment and practice, social dialogue can become generalized and can ensure answers to many questions that confront humankind.”

 

Reported by Justin Jada Joseph & Alnour Ango


Zimbabwe to support South Sudan aviation

JUBA, 16 November 2011 (NASS) – The Zimbabwe Aviation Authority is seeking to support South Sudan’s Civil Aviation to comply with the international standards. This was revealed today by Mr. Sanyanga, the Zimbabwe Aviation’s Security Manager during a meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Mr. Sanyanga explained that the international civil aviation blueprint has eighteen annexes which is part and parcel of the Chicago Convention which he described as ‘the Bible of international civil aviation’.

 


Dr Marial meeting the delegation from the Zimbabwe Civil Aviation Authority.


He explained that those annexes have got standards and recommended practices which contracting state is supposed to abide by. He said that this is why Zimbabwe, as a sisterly country, has come in to help South Sudan meet the standards.


Meanwhile, Dr. Marial hailed the idea saying that the government needs to equip its airport with the facilities that are internationally recognized. He further urged the Government of Zimbabwe to continue supporting South Sudan in transport and capacity building issues.


Reported by Martin Jada Gabriel, News Agency of South Sudab (NASS)


President Kiir receives credentials of three ambassadors

JUBA, 15 November 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has today received credentials of three ambassadors accredited to the Republic of South Sudan, in a special accreditation ceremony organized at the Presidential Guest House in Juba.

 


President Kiir receives the credentials of the Chinese ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

The Ambassadors are:

 

  1. Amb. Li Zhiguo from China
  2. Amb. Cleland Leshore from Kenya, and
  3. Amb. Peter Felten from Germany

 


President Kiir receives the credentials of the German ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

By this the total number of ambassadors accredited to the Republic of South Sudan is five; the first two delivered their credentials to the President in Sep. 16th, 2011 and they were Mr. Alaster Mcphail Ambassador of United Kingdom and Mrs. Ingrid Osfstad, Ambassador of Kingdom of Norway to South Sudan.

 


President Kiir receives the credentials of the Kenyan ambassador.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Shortly after the accreditation ceremony, the Deputy Minister for foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Hon. Grace Datiro congratulated the three ambassadors and wished them success in their assigned jobs in the new state of South Sudan. Hon Datiro said the Republic of South Sudan will closely work with the ambassadors to strengthen bilateral relations in all fields, and foster cooperation and mutual benefit between their countries and the Republic of South Sudan.

 


Hon Datiro giving a statement to the media.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The Chinese official accredited ambassador to South Sudan Mr. Li Zhguo after presenting his credentials to the President of the Republic said in a press statement that he is honored to be appointed as the first Chinese Ambassador to the new state of South Sudan. Amb. Zhguo congratulated the people of South Sudan for the rapid growth South Sudan is witnessing under the leadership of H.E Kiir Mayardit. He said the relationship between China and South Sudan started since 1970s in the fields of health and described the visit of President Kiir to China in 2007 as historic. He said the visit laid a solid foundation for the bilateral relations between Juba and Beijing, especially after the establishment of diplomatic relations. “I will do my best to enhance develop and deepen this relations”, said Mr. Zhiguo.

 


Chinese ambassador addressing the media.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


On his part, Kenyan accredited Ambassador to the Republic of South Sudan Mr. Cleland Leshore expressed his appreciation to the President of the Republic of South Sudan for accepting his credentials as the Ambassador of Kenya to South Sudan, which indicates, he said, a clear friendship between Kenya and South Sudan. Ambassador Leshore told the Press that Kenyan Government is committed to pursue a more dynamic and mutual beneficial relationship with South Sudan. He emphasized that at the regional level Kenya will continue to work with its neighbors to enhance peace and Security in the Horn of Africa.

 


The Kenyan ambassador addressing the media.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The German accredited Ambassador to South Sudan Mr. Peter Felten said the mission of Federal Republic of Germany Embassy to the Republic of South Sudan is to promote and facilitate cooperation, partnership and friendship with South Sudan. He assured that Germany will cooperate with South Sudan at political, decentralization and development levels. He added that is interested to help south Sudan in water sanitation, Police services, DDR and establish cooperation with National legislative Assembly in international Human rights laws and others.

 


The German ambassador addressing the media.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Salary payment procedures for civil servants

JUBA, 15 November 2011 – Following recent concerns over the delay of central Government salary payments, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning of the Republic of South Sudan (RSS) wishes to issue the following clarifications.


All the central Government salary payments are made, by the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, on the last day of every month.


Salary payments to Government employees are contingent on the following: 1) that the relevant Government agency compiles a payroll reports and submits it to the Ministry of Labour and Public Service for approval; 2) that the Ministry of Labour and Public Service transmits in a timely manner these pay sheets to the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning.


Once these steps are completed, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning processes the salary payments. This is completed by the last day of each month at the very latest. Salary payments are made to the relevant Government agencies for payment to their employees either directly or through the banking system.


If the central Government employees have not received their salaries follow up should be undertaken first with their bank to confirm that the bank payment has been executed properly; second with their employer (not with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning) to ensure that the correct process has been undertaken. The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning is not responsible for delays in payments due to late submission of pay sheets, or slow processing of salary payments following the end of a given month.


Hon. Kosti Manibe Ngai, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, has reiterated that he is absolutely committed to efficiency and transparent payments, and is personally committed to ensuring that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning functions in the best interests of South Sudan. To this end, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning has given agencies more power over the implementation of their budgets to allow transparency while demanding improved accountability and reporting.


Reported by Abraham Akoi


“We will never allow our sovereignty to be violated by anyone”, President Kiir

JUBA, 15 November 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan, H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit has asserted that the government and people of South Sudan will never allow the sovereignty of their motherland to be violated.


The President made this assertion yesterday when he addressed the first Governors’ Forum organized by the Office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and held at the Main Hall of National Legislative Assembly (NLA), under the theme: “Strengthening Decentralized Governance for Equitable Service Delivery and Sustainable Development in the Republic of South Sudan”.

 


H.E Kiir addressing the forum.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


The forum brought together senior government officials at the national and state levels from both the legislative and executive branches of government, as well as civil society, religious leaders and development partners.


In his opening remarks President of the Republic H.E Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit congratulated the senior government officials at the national level, the governors, state legislatures and executives for creating conducive environment in which the people of South Sudan are able to freely stand for self-determination.


H.E Kiir also commended the role being played by the international community in public sector reform and basic service delivery. He urged the participants to focus their discussions on priority areas for the implementation of the South Sudan Development Plan of 2011 – 2013, which includes governance, economic development, social and human development as well as conflict prevention and security. President of the Republic announced in the forum that Khartoum through its proxy militias have been aggressing and bombing South Sudan, particularly at the border areas in Gufa, and refugee camp in Yida. He also said that they have gone further to attack the SPLA positions in Kuek facing the SPLA troops to repulse them. He also reported that they also attacked the SPLA positions in Rom and the SPLA forces captured Jeep mounted and three tractors loaded with ammunitions.

 


Dr. Riek giving remarks in the forum.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


On his part, the Vice President of the Republic H.E Dr. Riek Machar urged the participants of the forum to seriously digest the United Nations’ mandate to South Sudan and internalize it for the world is watching the new state of South Sudan. Dr. Machar added that Government of the new state has established a mechanism with the UN for implementing the mandate.


The minister in the Office of the President Hon. Emmanuel LoWilla outlined objectives of the forum were:

 

  1. To review the achievements and challenges facing decentralization in South Sudan;
  2. To review the progress made in the implementation of the resolutions and recommendations of the 8th Governors’ Forum;
  3. To focus on priorit areas for implementation of the South Sudan Development Plan 2011 – 2013;
  4. To review the different modalities for public service reform including pension, social protection and retrenchment benefits; and
  5. Identify and agree upon the five (5) strategic interventions that will be prioritized and monitored over the next year in order to ensure equity in decentralized service provision and accountability to the people.

 

 


General view of the forum.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]

 

Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Ministry of Finance acts on high prices

JUBA, 14 November 2011 – The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning in the Republic of South Sudan has joined the fight against skyrocketing prices of goods and services in the markets across the country.


In an attempt to make goods more available and affordable, the ministry convened a one-day workshop in Juba for all the finance ministers of all the ten states to simplify and harmonize revenue collection across South Sudan and also to ensure fair allocation of resources.


Speaking at the weekly media briefing at the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting which was hosted by the minister Hon Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjemen last week, the Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Hon. Marial Awou said the findings of the committee that was formed by the government of the Republic of South Sudan to investigate the recent rise of prices of goods and services presented to council of ministers and later incorporated into resolution number 41/2011 did point not only a single factor that led to the high prices of goods and service but rather several factors.


He added that among the reasons cited were to do with multiple or unofficial taxations along the roads of South Sudan. He explained that the coming together of the state finance ministers was one way to achieve the objective of making goods and services available and affordable to the people of South Sudan.


A fight against price increases was started by the Central Bank of South Sudan by doubling its hard currency allocation to the financial institutions from the US $100 million to US $200 million across the country. Similarly, the Ministry of Interior removed money changers, who had made it a habit of hoarding US dollars and selling it expensively at a time of scarcity, from the streets of Juba and other border points. These measures have already seen the local currency South Sudan Pounds (SSP) trading at 3.4 (SSP) in the commercial banks against one US Dollar as opposed to the record rate of 4.25 (SSP) for a US Dollar a few months ago.

 


Hon Awou addressing the media.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


Hon. Awou announced that the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning and the state finance ministries have agreed on a number of resolutions to be taken to contain skyrocketing prices.


He said it was agreed that all checkpoints and roadblocks that had turned into unlawful tax collection points were to be immediately removed to allow free flow of goods between South Sudan and its neighboring countries and also inside the country. He added that they also discussed on how to improve transfers from the central government to the state governments. He further added they also agreed that the state governments and the national government shall work together in national mechanisms of state revenue collections and also mechanisms of sharing taxes in such a way that taxes such as customs duty, business duty that are the responsibility of the national government and other taxes to be relegated to the state levels.


These are among the many other efforts being made by the government to take the already improving situations of market prices even much further down to make life affordable for every ordinary South Sudanese who has been finding it difficult to put food on his table.


Present on the media briefing was the Deputy Minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon. Atem Yaak Atem, the second Deputy Minister for Finance and Economic Planning Hon. Mary Jervas Yak, the Undersecretary of Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Mr.George Garang and the state finance ministers.


Reported by Matata Safi


Decrees relieving and appointing chairpersons of independent commissions

JUBA, 12 November 2011 – President Kiir issued Presidential Decree No. 59/2011 for the Relieve of the following Chairpersons of the Independent Commissions and Institutions, Republic of South Sudan, 2011, A.D.

S/N

NAME IN FULL

PORTFOLIO

COMMISSION/INSTITUTION

1

Dr. Pauline Riak

Chairperson

Anti-Corruption

2

Mr. Deng Biong Mijak

Chairperson

Law Review

3

Dr. Deng Dongrin Akuany

Chairperson

Public Grievances Chamber

4

Mr. Steven Kiliona Wondu

Chairperson

Audit Chamber

5

Rev. William Chan

Chairperson

Relief and Rehabilitation

6

Mr. Jurkuc Barac Jurkuc

Chairperson

De-Mining Authority

7

Mr. Peter Guang Akiech

Chairperson

Peace and Reconciliation

8

Mr. William Deng Deng

Chairperson

Demobilization, Disarmament and Re-integration

9

Dr. Esterina Novello Nyilok

Chairperson

HIV/AIDS

10

Mr. Isaiah Chol Aruai

Chairperson

Centre for Statistics and Evaluation

11

Mr. Lawrence Kodis Korbandy

Chairperson

Human Rights

12

Mr. Alakaya Aligo Samson

Chairperson

Reconstruction and Development Fund

13

Mrs. Philister Baya Lawiri

Chairperson

Civil Service

14

Mr. Robert Lado Loki

Chairperson

Land

15

Mr. Dhieu Mathok

Chairperson

Employees Justice  Chamber

16

Mr. Ben Oduho

Chairperson

War Disable, Widow and Orphan

17

Prof. Ajuoi Magot Chol

Chairperson

Electricity Corporation

18

Mr. Gabriel Mathiang Rok

Chairperson

Fiscal, Financial Allocation and Monitoring

19

Mr. David Koak Guak

Chairperson

Local Government Board

20

Mr.Chamjuok Wiitour

Managing Director

South Sudan Urban Water Corporation

 

Presidential Decree No. 62/2011 for the Appointment of the following Chairpersons of the Independent Commissions and Institutions, Republic of South Sudan, 2011, A.D.

S/N

NAME IN FULL

PORTFOLIO

COMMISSION/INSTITUTION

1

Justice John Gatwich Lul (on secondment)

Chairperson

Anti-Corruption

2

Prof. Akolde Ma'an Tier

Chairperson

Law Review

3

Mr. Deng Biong Mijak

Chairperson

Public Grievances Chamber

4

Mr. Steven Kiliona Wondu

Chairperson

Audit Chamber

5

Mr. Duer Tut Duel

Chairperson

Relief and Rehabilitation

6

Mr. Jurkuc Barac Jurkuc

Chairperson

De-Mining Authority

7

Mr. Chuol Rambang Louth

Chairperson

Peace and Reconciliation

8

Mr. William Deng Deng

Chairperson

Demobilization, Disarmament and Re-integration

9

Dr. Esterina Novello Nyilok

Chairperson

HIV/AIDS

10

Mr. Isaiah Chol Aruai

Chairperson

Centre for Statistics and Evaluation

11

Mr. Lawrence Kodis Korbandy

Chairperson

Human Rights

12

Gen.(Rtd) Fortunato Longar Ayuel

Chairperson

Reconstruction and Development Fund

13

Mrs. Philister Baya Lawiri

Chairperson

Civil Service

14

Mr. Robert Lado Lwoki

Chairperson

Land

15

Mr. Dhieu Mathok Diing

Chairperson

Employees Justice  Chamber

16

Mr. Deng Dau Deng Malek

Chairperson

War Disable, Widow and Orphan

17

Mr. Beck Awan Deng

Chairperson

Electricity Corporation

18

Mr. Gabriel Mathiang Rok

Chairperson

Fiscal, Financial Allocation and Monitoring

19

Mr. David Koak Guak

Chairperson

Local Government Board

20

Mr. Chamjuok Wiitour

Managing Director

South Sudan Urban Water Corporation

 

Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Decrees relieving and appointing deputy chairpersons of commissions

JUBA, 12 November 2011 – Presidential Decree No. 60/2011 for the Relieve of the following Deputy Chairpersons of the Independent Commissions and Institutions, Republic of South Sudan, 2011, A.D.

S/N

NAME IN FULL

PORTFOLIO

COMMISSION/INSTITUTION

1

Mr. Johnny Saverio Ayik

D/Chairperson

Anti-Corruption

2

Mr. Mohammed Maharajan

D/Chairperson

Public Grievances Chamber

3

Mr. Tombe Logale Lukak

D/Chairperson

Audit Chamber

4

Ms. Yar Paul Kuol

D/Chairperson

Relief and Rehabilitation

5

Mr. Nyang Chol Dhuor

D/Chairperson

De-Mining Authority

6

Mr. Peter Guang Akich

D/Chairperson

Peace and Reconciliation

7

Mrs. Anna Kim Hoth

D/Chairperson

Demobilization, Disarmament and Re-integration

8

Dr. Achol Ayom

D/Chairperson

HIV/AIDS

9

Mr. John Maciek Acuoth

D/Chairperson

Centre for Statistics and Evaluation

10

Mr. Biel Jock Thich

D/Chairperson

Human Rights

11

Mr. Majur Mayor Machar

D/Chairperson

Reconstruction and Development Fund

12

Mr. Thomas Dut

D/Chairperson

Civil Service

13

Mr. Wilson Kiri

D/Chairperson

Land

14

Mrs. Sylvia Michael Lugari

D/Chairperson

Employees Justice  Chamber

15

Mr. Abbas Yousif Bamba

D/Chairperson

War Disable, Widow and Orphan

16

Mr. Anthony Arike Lowly

D/Chairperson

Local Government Board

 

Presidential Decree No. 63/2011 for the Appointment of the Deputy Chairpersons of the Independent Commissions and Institutions, Republic of South Sudan, 2011, A.D.

S/N

NAME IN FULL

PORTFOLIO

COMMISSION/INSTITUTION

1

Mr. Johnny Saverio

D/Chairperson

Anti-Corruption

2

Mr. Martinson Mathew Oturomoi

D/Chairperson

Law Review

3

Mr. Mohammed Maragan

D/Chairperson

Public Grievances Chamber

4

Mr. Tombe Logale Lukak

D/Chairperson

Audit Chamber

5

Ms. Javana Luka Kpaksiro

D/Chairperson

Relief and Rehabilitation

6

Mr. Nyang Chol

D/Chairperson

De-Mining Authority

7

Mr. Peter Guang

D/Chairperson

Peace and Reconciliation

8

Mr. Majur Mayor Machar

D/Chairperson

Demobilization, Disarmament and Re-integration

9

Ms. Achol Ayom

D/Chairperson

HIV/AIDS

10

Mr. John Maciek Acuoth

D/Chairperson

Centre for Statistics and Evaluation

11

Mr. Biel Jock Thich

D/Chairperson

Human Rights

12

Mrs. Ann Kima Hoth

D/Chairperson

Reconstruction and Development Fund

13

Mr. Thomas Dut Gatkek

D/Chairperson

Civil Service

14

Mr. Kornelio Goja Lado Kulang

D/Chairperson

Land

15

Mrs. Sylvia Michael Lugor

D/Chairperson

Employees Justice  Chamber

16

Mr. Abbas Ramba

D/Chairperson

War Disable, Widow and Orphan

17

Mr. Gordon Maper Manyiel

D/Chairperson

Electricity Corporation

18

Mr. Ben Oduho

D/Chairperson

Fiscal, Financial Allocation and Monitoring

19

Mr. Anthony Ariki Lowly

D/Chairperson

Local Government Board

20

Mrs. Yar Paul Kuol 

D/Managing Director

South Sudan Urban Water Corporation

 

Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana


President Kiir appoints new OP Chief Administrator

JUBA, 12 November 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday Nov. 11th, 2011 issues Presidential Decree No. 61/2011 for the Relieve of Deputy Chief of Staff in the Office of the President, Republic of South Sudan, Mr. Martinson Mathew Oturomoi.


President Kiir also issued Presidential Decree No. 65/2011 for the appointment of Mr. Mayen Wol as Chief Administrator in the Office of the President of the Republic of South Sudan.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana


President Kiir relieves undersecretaries

JUBA, 12 November 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday Nov. 11th, 2011 issued Presidential Decree No. 64/2011 for the Relieve of the following Undersecretaries of the Ministries, Republic of South Sudan. They are: -            

S/N

NAME IN FULL

PORTFOLIO

MINISTRY

1

Mr. Abdon Agau Nhial

Secretary General

Cabinet Affairs

2

Mr. Bior Ajang

Undersecretary

Defence and Veterans Affairs

3

Mr. Majok Guandong

Undersecretary

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

4

Mr. Jeremiah Wani Swaka

Undersecretary

Justice

5

Dr. Julia Aker Duany

Undersecretary

Parliamentary Affairs

6

Mr. Salvatore Garang Maboirdit

Undersecretary for Finance and Economic Planning

Finance and Economic Planning

7

Mrs. Angeth De Dut

Undersecretary

Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development

8

Dr. Olivia Lomoro

Undersecretary

Health

9

Mr. George Garang Deng

Undersecretary

Information and Broadcasting

10

Mr. Jaden Emilio Tongun

Undersecretary

Agriculture and Forestry

 

Mr. Mathew Udo

Undersecretary

Agriculture and Forestry

11

Eng. Jacob Marial

Undersecretary

Roads and Bridges

12

Mr. George Justin Achor

Undersecretary

General Education and Instruction

13

Prof. Sibrino Forojalla

Undersecretary of Research, Science and Technology

Higher Education, Science and Technology

14

Mr. Martin Mou Mou

Undersecretary of High Education

Higher Education, Science and Technology

15

Ms. Elizabeth Manoah Majok

Undersecretary

Commerce, Industry and Investment

16

Mr. Akuei Deng Akuei

Undersecretary

Commerce, Industry and Investment

17

Amb. Kuol Alor

Undersecretary

Environment

18

Mr. Dobuol Lualweng

Undersecretary

Housing and Physical Planning

19

Eng. Juma Stephen Lugga

Undersecretary

Telecommunication and Postal Services

20

Dr. David Loro Gubek

Undersecretary

Petroleum and Mining

21

Ms. Margaret Mathiang

Undersecretary

Gender, Child and Social Welfare

22

Amb. Ajang Mayik Ajang

Undersecretary

Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management

23

Mr. Isaac Liabwel

Undersecretary

Water Resources and Irrigation

24

Mr. Daniel Wani Nyombe

Undersecretary

Wildlife Conservation and Tourism

25

Dr. Makuei Malual Kaang

Undersecretary

Animal Resources and Fisheries

26

Mr. Peter Batista Abakar

Undersecretary

Culture, Youth and Sports

27

Dr. Jok Madut Jok

Undersecretary

 Culture, Youth and Sports 

 Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana


President Kiir appoints undersecretaries

JUBA, 12 November 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit on Friday Nov. 2011 issued Presidential Decree No. 65/2011 for the appointment of the following Undersecretaries of the Ministries, Republic of South Sudan. They are: -

S/N

NAME IN FULL

PORTFOLIO

MINISTRY

1

Mr. Abdon Agau Nhial

Secretary General

Cabinet Affairs

2

Mr. Bior Ajang

Undersecretary

Defence and Veterans Affairs

3

Amb. Charles Manyang Awol

Undersecretary

Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation

4

Mr. Mayen Wol

Chief Administrator

Office of the President

5

Mr. Jeremiah Wani Swaka

Undersecretary

Justice

6

Mr. Gabriel Deng

Undersecretary

Parliamentary Affairs

7

Mr. Salvatore Garang Maboirdit

1st Undersecretary

Finance and Economic Planning

8

(To be appointed)

Undersecretary for Economic Planning

Finance and Economic Planning

9

Mrs. Angeth De Dut

Undersecretary for Public Service 

Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development

10

Ms. Gai Deng Nhial

Undersecretary for Labour and Human Resource Development

Labour, Public Service and Human Resource Development

11

Dr. Makur Matur Kariom

Undersecretary

Health

12

Mr. George Garang Deng

Undersecretary

Information and Broadcasting

13

Mr. Jaden Togun Emelio

Undersecretary

Agriculture and Forestry

14

Mr. Mathew Gordon Udo

Undersecretary

Agriculture and Forestry

15

Eng. Jacob Marial

Undersecretary

Roads and Bridges

16

Pilot David Martin Hassan

Undersecretary

Transport

17

Mr. Deng Deng Hoc Yai

Undersecretary

General Education and Instruction

18

Prof. Sibrino Forjalla

Undersecretary of Research, Science and Technology

Higher Education, Science and Technology

19

Ms. Elizabeth Manoah Majok

Undersecretary

Commerce, Industry and Investment

20

Mr. Simon Nyang Anei

Undersecretary

Commerce, Industry and Investment

21

Prof. Scopas Jibi Dima

Undersecretary

Environment

22

Eng. Alikaya Aligo

Undersecretary

Housing and Physical Planning

23

Eng. Juma Stephen Lugga

Undersecretary

Telecommunication and Postal Services

24

Eng. Lawrence Loku Moyu

Undersecretary

Electricity and Dams

25

Mr. Machar Aciek Ader

Undersecretary

Petroleum and Mining

26

Ms. Esther Ikere Eluzaia

Undersecretary

Gender, Child and Social Welfare

27

Mr. Clement Dominic

Undersecretary

Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management

28

Mr. Isaac Liabwel C. Yol

Undersecretary

Water Resources and Irrigation

29

Mr. Charles Yosaw Acire

Undersecretary

Wildlife Conservation and Tourism

30

Dr. Makuei Malual Kaang

Undersecretary

Animal Resources and Fisheries

31

Mr. Peter Batista Abakar

Undersecretary

Culture, Youth and Sports

32

Dr. Jok Madut Jok

Undersecretary

 Culture, Youth and Sports 

 Reported by Thomas Kenneth Elisapana


H.E. Kiir briefed by Dr. Ajawin on SPLM/DC position regarding Mr. Sule of UDF

JUBA, 11 November 2011 – The President of the Republic H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit was today on Friday November 11th, 2011 in his office briefed by the opposition party SPLM/DC’s Chairman Dr. Lam Akol Ajawin on the position of his party regarding the UDF leader Peter Abdulrahaman Sule who took arms and rebelled against the Republic of South Sudan. During the meeting Dr. Ajawin assured the President of the party’s full support regarding of the issue.


Shortly after the meeting Dr. Ajawin said in a press statement that the SPLM/DC as a political party is committed to a democratic means of resolving issues and it cannot tolerate any armed or violent conduct, whether from a political party or an individual within the country.

 


Dr. Ajawin giving a statement at President's office.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]
 


He described the action taken by the former leader of UDF Mr. Sule as “unfortunate and could not be supported by any way”. Dr. Ajawin revealed that the SPLM/DC denounced the action and called upon all political parties to refrain from such behavior, join hands behind the President and concentrate in nation building through peaceful means.


Regarding the statement made by the President of Sudan Field Marshal Omer El-Bashir that he is ready to fight the new state of South Sudan, the leader of the opposition party described the statement as unfortunate especially because it came at a time when the two states are in need of each other and any problem between the two sides should be resolved through the mechanisms established during the last visit of President Kiir to Khartoum. Dr Ajawin called for activating the committees set up by the two sides to look into the pending and arising issues.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth


Ministry of Information sends staff to Egypt for training

JUBA, 11 November 2011 – The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting through the technical cooperation between the Republic of South Sudan and the Arab Republic of Egypt is sending a group of ten journalists from the ministry for an advanced course in media and diplomatic journalism.


This was announced today by the minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon. Dr. Barnaba Marial Benjamin in his office today while speaking to the group prior to their departure. He hailed the support of the government of the Arab Republic of Egypt for this diplomatic assistance in capacity building in the new Republic of South Sudan.

 


Dr Marial announcing the course.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He called on the group to take the courses very seriously explaining that this kind of training will improve on their performance. He also encouraged them to take note that they are having these courses at a time when South Sudan is an independent state with a completely different identity from of the previous Sudan.


Dr. Marial also said the group should see themselves as pioneers of this country. “You must remember and remember very well that you are laying the foundation of diplomatic journalism in the new Republic of South Sudan”, said Dr. Marial. He said diplomatic journalism is different from ordinanay journalism. He added that after completing the training some of them may be seconded to work in the South Sudan embassies abroad and will be the “ears and eyes” of the country.

 


Mr Garang (third left), the Undersecretary giving a press statement on the training. With him are Mr Gwado (second left) and other ministry officers and journalists.
[Photo: Matata Safi]


He said a lot of training events will be conducted in the near future to build the capacity of the staff of the ministry such that they can be able to deliver better.


The Undersecretary of the ministry, Mr. George Garang, while giving a press statement called on the group to utilize the opportunity, however short it is, for acquiring knowledge that can be used to change South Sudan.


According to the Director of Training in the ministry Mr. Gwado Ador, two of the ten officers who are going for the advanced course are leaving Juba for Cairo today at 2pm while the rest will depart tomorrow. Mr. Gwado said the course period is two and three weeks respectively.


Reported by Matata Safi


Health minister meets EU commissioner

JUBA, 11 November 2011 – The national minister for Health Dr Michael Milli Hussein yesterday received the European Commissioner for Development Mr. Andris Piebalgs and his delegation in his office at the ministry headquarters in Juba.


Shortly after the meeting, Dr Hussein told the press that they had met with four ministries namely Health, Agriculture, Education, and Animal Resources & Fisheries and discussed how the European Union can help the ministries to implement the programs supported by the EU countries.


Dr. Hussein also said that during the meeting the EU commissioners initially donated three million Euros to help the line ministries over three years. He also added that the EU gave guidelines. He also said they had to present their priorities to the delegations.

 


Dr Hussein meeting the EU delegation.


He further reported that they discussed huger problem for implementation of the projects and expressed the hope that the fund will be availed to them to implement the project they had.


Meanwhile Mr. Piebalgs stated that with the four ministries they discussed about the EU support for development for South Sudan. He added that they had experienced this is the period to support and donated two million Euros to the line ministries. He said the delegation listened to the priorities of the ministers as they plan to disburse the funds in the next year.


Reported by Lindri Godfrey Alex


South Sudan is not supporting any armed rebellion against Khartoum

JUBA, 10 November 2011 – The President of the Republic of South Sudan H.E Saliva Kiir Mayardit has asserted that the Republic of the South Sudan is not and will not support any armed opposition groups fighting against the government of the Republic of the Sudan in an attempt to undermine or destabilize the National Congress Party led government.


The Khartoum government has been fighting with rebels opposed to it in the three areas of Darfur, South Kordufan and Southern Blue Nile with Khartoum accusing Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) of supporting the armed groups in these areas.


Speaking to the media in his office in Juba today, President Kiir said the recent accusations by Khartoum in the media as well as its complaint to the UN Security Council against the Republic of South Sudan of supporting rebels and harboring rebels opposed to it are baseless, malicious and unfounded. President Kiir said South Sudan is not fighting the Khartoum government either directly or by proxy.


President Kiir said the allegations that his government has been moving forces and arms from Yafta to Wadaga are totally untrue. He said practically mobility in these areas during the rainy seasons is not possible as there are no roads. “President Bashir has been president of the Sudan for very many years, how many roads did he build in these areas to allow easy movement”, he asked.


He further said that claims that the opposition forces that fled Sali area in Blue Nile have been received and are being hosted by the Republic of South Sudan is totally unfounded. He said the persons who fled the scene of the fighting in the areas bordering the Republic of South Sudan and reached Renk safely are legitimate civilians about 1000 in number. He said the international community can go there and verify the facts. He also appealed for humanitarian assistance for these needy people.

 


President Kiir addressing the journalists.
[Photo: Matata safi]


President Kiir explained that the Republic of Sudan is a member of the United Nations but is threatening the sovereignty of South Sudan through military invasion. He said this is a grave concern and contradicts the spirit of the Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA). He called on the UNMISS and the Security Council to take note of this fact.


President Kiir said the claims Khartoum is leveling against South Sudan are nothing but an attempt to invade the Republic of South Sudan. “The accusations by Khartoum against South Sudan are to mask their own activities in support of the armed dissident groups that are fighting its proxy wars against the Republic of South Sudan”, said President Kiir. He further asserted that Khartoum’s proxy wars against South Sudan started way back in 2006 when militia generals like Gabriel Tanginya, Mabor Dhoul and others supported by Khartoum attacked and devastated Malakal. He said this was followed by the subsequent attacks in Northern Bahr el Ghazal State and again on the 24th February 2009 Gabriel Tanginya attacked Malakal leaving scores dead.


President Kiir said that Khartoum remains opposed to any attempts to demarcate the borders between the two states. He mentioned that this act of Khartoum is justified by their illegal occupation of Abyei since May and subsequently refusing to withdraw its troops as required by the UN Security Council. He said this attitude by Khartoum represents a potential threat to international peace and security in the region.


He further said President Bashir’s remarks after capturing Kurmuk town from the SPLM/A Northern Sector was offensive against the government of the Republic of South Sudan. He said the President was quoted as saying that “it was a mistake to hand over South Sudan, that is, an Arab land, to Africans and that he will recapture and reunite it with Sudan for good”. President Kiir also said that President Bashir was quoted to have asserted that there will be no other “Naivasaha”.


President Kiir said that his position is always the same and clear that the Republic of South Sudan under his leadership will not accept the option of war as a means of solving disputes. He said he believes in the viability of the two states economically and security wise, living side by side as sister countries in peace and prosperity and in the spirit of the CPA. He, however, asserted that any attempt by the government of the Sudan to destabilize the Republic of South Sudan will not be tolerated.


Reported by Matata Safi


GRI to construct orphanages in South Sudan

JUBA, 10 November 2011 (NASS) – The Great Reach Inc. (GRI) of the American church will construct orphanages in South Sudan, the organization’s President Dr Cliff Daffron announced today during a meeting with the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Hon Dr Barnaba Marial Benjamin.


Dr Daffron explained that the first orphanages will be constructed in Lakes and Jonglei states and that the others will follow therafter. He added that GRI would also like to support the government of south Sudan in building radio stations and offer courses to program producers especially those pertaining to the church.


These orphanages will be very helpful in providing homes for the South Sudanese street boys who were repatriated from Khartoum to the various states of South Sudan due to the deteriorating relations brought in by the independence of South Sudan.

 


Dr Marial meeting the Norwegian Christian Council delegation.


Meanwhile, Dr Marial appreciated the support pledged by GRI saying it is kind. “The challenge we are facing is how to sustain peace in the whole territory and provide of basic services to all the citizens”, he said. He also stressed that peace building required the concerted efforts many stakeholders; not just the government.


In another event, Dr Marial emphasized that the government is committed to creating a cohesive and secular state. “We as a government encourage relationships between Muslims and Christians so that the Muslim minority may feel they are part of the new nation; we are a secular state that is built under freedom of worship”, he said.


The minister made this remarks today when he met a delegation from the Norwegian Christian Council to build churches in the region saying most Christian communities in the country still worship under the trees.


Reported by Martin Jada, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


First agricultural trade fair kicks off in South Sudan

JUBA, 10 November 2011 – The first agricultural trade fair to be held in the Republic of South Sudan kicked off yesterday at the Nyakuron Cultural Centre in Juba.


The trade fair was officially opened by the Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan Hon Dr Riek Machar Teny. In his opening remarks Dr Machar welcomed investors to the Republic of South Sudan and encouraged them to invest in agriculture. He pledged the support of the government for any investors willing to invest in the country. He called on South Sudanese to double their efforts in agriculture so as to produce adequate food for the needs of the country and even a surplus for sale.


The minister for Agriculture and Forestry Hon Dr Betty Achan Ogwaro said that it is the first time in the history of South Sudan and its farmers to display their agricultural products to the other African countries as well as the international community. She said that 85 percent of the people of South Sudan depend on agriculture. She explained that South Sudan has suitable land, water and other resources needed to boost agricultural production.


The minister, however, acknowledged that South Sudan is facing the challenge of inadequate road network to link the farmers to the market. She called on the stakeholders to work together to mainstream agriculture as the backbone of South Sudan’s economy.

 


Dr Machar cutting the tape to officially open the agricultural trade fair.
[Photo: Nargis Alphonse Lotira]


Mr. Kevin Mulai a Director for USAID working with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to increase agricultural productivity in South Sudan said that the USAID is going to help the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry to train the farmers to boost agriculture.


H.E the Ambassador of India to South Sudan explained that human beings have been depending on agriculture from time immemorial. He said India will support the government and people of South Sudan to develop agriculture. The FAO representative Dr. George Okech said that FAO will continue supporting the government of South Sudan and its people in agriculture.


The function was also attended by the minister for Cabinet Affairs Hon. Deng Alor Kuol, minister for Gender, Child and Social Welfare Hon. Agnes Kwaje Lasuba, the advisor of the president Gen. Joseph Lagu, the Deputy Secretary General for Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM) Hon. Dr. Anne Itto, and representatives of UN agencies.


Reported by Nargis Alphonse Lotira and Modong Mary


President Kiir: Bashir is running away from his own internal political problems

OWINYKIBUL, 9 November 2011 – The President of the Republic and Commander in Chief of the Sudan People’s Liberation Army (SPLA) H.E. Gen. Salva Kiir Mayardit today said the President of the Republic of Sudan Field Marshal Omer El-Bashir is trying to run away from his own internal political problems by alleging that the SPLA is supporting the Blue Nile and South Kordufan, and is keeping his soldiers away in the battle fields so that they do not turn against him.


President Kiir made the remarks when addressing the 2nd batch of the SPLA officers who spent six months training in basic military and physical training, staff works, military leadership, peacekeeping operations and tactics, and graduated today in Nyachigak Military College in Ownyikibul, Magwi County in Eastern Equatoria State. The training was organized in the framework of transforming the SPLA into a professional Army capable of defending the new state of South Sudan.


President Kiir urged H.E. Bashir to sit down with his people and resolve all the political issues in the North. President Kiir announced that Omer El-Bashir bombed an area in northern Upper Nile called Gufa and killed not less than seven people.

 


President Kiir addressing the graduates.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


H.E. Kiir congratulated the graduates for having completed the training successfully, and said the graduation of the second batch of the SPLA officers was a starting point of their mission in defending the new state and its constitution from internal and external insurgents.


President of the Republic drastically said the former chairman of UDF who rebelled against the Republic of South Sudan and apprehended recently in Western Equatoria State Mr. Peter Abdulrahman Sule will be properly investigated by the police and will face justice.


H.E Kiir called on the Acholi and Madi ethnic groups not to be driven by the politicians in Juba or EES urging them to discard tribal differences and be united and contribute in building the new nation of South Sudan. H.E Kiir donated 100,000 SSP to the graduates.

 


The graduates mounting a military parade.
[Photo: Thomas Kenneth]


On his part the minister for National Security Gen. Oyay Deng Ajak said he is committed to building a strong intelligence and security service organs which will cooperate with South Sudan citizens horizontally and vertically, adding that more national intelligence and security service officers will be recruited. He also called on the graduates to be disciplined.


While the deputy minister for Defense Gen. Majak Agot extended sincere gratitude to the C-IN-C of the SPLA for his personal commitment to transforming the South Sudan Army into a professional one. He urged the graduates to behave responsibly and win the confidence of the people of South Sudan.


The SPLA Chief of General staff Gen. James Oath Mai said the SPLA leadership is committed and will continue to improve the capacity of the SPLA and make it vigilant in facing and dealing with internal and external challenges.


Reported by Thomas Kenneth from Ownykibul


UNICEF to train journalists on child reporting

JUBA, 9 November 2011 (NASS) – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) will be training journalists on ethical reporting of children this later this month, the organization’s Chief Executive Sid Shresha has announced.


Mr Shresha made this announcement today during a meeting with the deputy minister for Information and Broadcasting Hon Atem Yaak Atem. He explained that the training will target journalists from all the states, especially those in the grassroots.
He also pointed out that the training will be on print and radio and will entail writing good stories and producing good programs about children.


“Children are the future of the country and when photographing them they need not to be shown in a difficult situation”, he said.

 


Hon Atem (centre) meeting the UNICEF delegation.


He also disclosed that UNICEF is looking at collaborating with the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to translate English radio programs into the local languages to ensure greater awareness in the like immunization and early marriages.


The deputy minister welcomed the idea and proposed that the journalists be trained in the national languages so that the citizens in the rural areas understand the articles better. He also appealed to the other non-governmental organizations not hesitate to approach the government whenever they feel something is wrong.


Reported by Martin Jada, News Agency of South Sudan (NASS)


Consumer Protection Bill, 2011 passed

JUBA, 9 November 2011 – The South Sudan Legislative Assembly in its sitting No. 28/2011, which was conducted at its Main Hall today, received a presentation of the report of the Legislation and Legal Affairs Committee on the Consumer Protection Bill, 2011 in its fourth and final reading by Hon. Dengtiel A. Kuur, the chairperson of the committee.


The sitting was result of the sitting No. 27/2011 dated 8th November, 2011 in which the Right Hon. Speaker referred the Bill in its third reading to the committee for scrutiny and incorporation of the members’ observations and comments. Most of the recommendations regarded clerical and typographical mistakes, among others.


In accordance with Regulation 133 (4) of adopted SSLA Conduct of Business Regulation 2010, the committee worked on the observations and incorporated the necessary amendments. Hon. Dengtiel Kuur moved that the Bill be read and passed but some more clerical mistakes were identified by some members. Nonetheless, the bill was passed by the August House. The sitting was chaired by Acting Speaker of the SSNLA right Hon. Daniel Awet Akot.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot


South Sudan to make it easier to do business

JUBA, 8 November 2011 - The Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, Republic of South Sudan (RSS), will tomorrow convene a meeting with the finance ministers of all the ten states of South Sudan in Juba to review an agreement to simplify and harmonize revenue collection across South Sudan.


Besides harmonizing collections and ensuring fair allocation of resources, the agreement aims to eliminate the current system of multiple roadblocks, checkpoints and fee collection along the roads and transport corridors of South Sudan. The new approach aims to make it easier and more affordable to get food, goods and services to the people of South Sudan.


“Many checkpoints and roadblocks are unofficial,” Hon. Kosti Manibe Ngai, the Minister of Finance and Economic Planning, said adding that the money collected does not go into the government’s account and the people are not benefiting.


“By ending unofficial collections, it will be easier and less expensive to do business in South Sudan. That should mean lower prices at the market, more jobs and better choices of goods to buy. It also means that the revenue that is collected legally will go to the government account where it belongs. This is an urgent priority”, emphasized the minister.


The Vice President of the Republic of South Sudan, Hon. Dr. Riek Machar Teny is scheduled to open the Wednesday session.


Formed in November 2010 and comprising the finance ministers of all ten states, the Task Force has analyzed in depth the economic effects of multiple, unregulated fees on businesses and has made urgent recommendations to fully implement the Tax Act of 2009. The discussions will conclude on Thursday, November 10, at the Nile Beach Hotel in Juba.


Reported by Abraham Akoi


Consumer Protection Bill sails through third reading

JUBA, 8 November 2011 – The South Sudan Legislative Assembly today passed the Consumer Protection Bill, 2011 in its third reading.


Hon. Parmena Awerial Aluong presented a report of the Legislation and Legal Affairs Committee on the Consumer Protection Bill, 2011 in its third reading to the August House. The report was a result of sitting No. 23/2011 dated 19th October, 2011, in which the Right Hon. Speaker referred the Bill for third reading to the Committee for further scrutiny and incorporation of the observations and recommendations of the honorable members.


In the report Hon. Aluong who is the Deputy Chairperson of the Committee explained that the Bill is in accordance with the provisions of Article 55 (2) (3) (b) and Article 85. Hon. Aluong explained that the word an individual was deleted and a natural or legal person inserted; the word investment was also inserted since the Ministry of Commerce and Industry is now called Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Investment; word national was also inserted to government; among other changes.


After the presentation, the acting Madam Speaker Hon. Fatima Nyawang asked the August House to deliberate and discusse the Bill in its third reading. After long discussions and deliberations the bill was passed to the third reading with amendments and recommendations.


The sitting was attended by the minister for Parliamentary Affairs and the Auditor General. The quorum was 205.


Reported by Clement Aturjong Kuot